Metallica
Kill 'Em All


5.0
classic

Review

by killemall666 USER (12 Reviews)
September 21st, 2012 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best album of all time

Metallica's debut is widely considered a classic in thrash metal, and not without reason. This revolutionalised metal, capitalising on Venom's style and making a new, faster, more aggressive form of music, with the lead single Hit The Lights. Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammet, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich created, on this album, a masterpiece, despite taking a few Mustaine riffs here and there.

The song crafting is, for the most part, exceedingly solid. The riffs on display here are some of the best the band ever put out, especially the ones on The Four Horsemen. If there was ever a song to play and sing a long to at the same time, this is the one, as it is relatively simplistic but sounds so awesome. This song is the best on the album by a long way.

The bass instrumental by Cliff Burton, Anasthesia Pulling Teeth, is one of the best intrumentals in metal ever, and really does show off the talent of this man. His loss was a real tragedy, and this is his swansong, no matter what anyone will say about the songs that the band had on the following albums. This is where Cliff had his finest hour, not on To Live Is To Die or Orion.

The vocal work from James Hetfield is his most raw and intense style, with crazy shrieks here and there, and a lot of good singing from the man. This was before he went monotonous on Master Of Puppets and way before he sounded like a bag of *** on Load onwards (the worst album in the bands discography). This album was his crowning achievement... Not bad for saying it was also his first.

Metal Militia and Whiplash are the only two filler songs on here, being too New Wave Of British Heavy Metal influenced for my liking. That is not to say that they are bad songs, as in the context of the album they are great, it is just that the rest of the album is so far ahead of its time. Only one thrash album would ever top this for consistency, and that would be Overkills Horrorscope.

This album is the finest moment in Metallicas lifespan. Cant wait for their next album, congratulations Metallica



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truekebabpower
September 21st 2012


639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was immediately sold by your summary.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2012


20064 Comments


good first review for a solid debut.

Digging: Trophy Eyes - Mend, Move On

ViperAces
September 21st 2012


12485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is very good, I can see how this is a 5.

DominionMM1
September 21st 2012


10215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"taking a few Mustaine riffs here and there."

That's a bit of an understatement, isn't it?



DominionMM1
September 21st 2012


10215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not to mention all of the solos

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2012


50850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet

Digging: Bobby Barnett - Little Wounds

ViperAces
September 21st 2012


12485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jump In The Fire if Im not wrong.

XingKing
September 21st 2012


10952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Anesthesia really is a terrible song, if you can call it that. James vocal performance is really hard to digest too, but this is a pretty decent album. The improvement they showed on Ride the Lightning is amazing.

ViperAces
September 21st 2012


12485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was just wondering, is it just me who cant see the smilies, or is it everybody?

XingKing
September 21st 2012


10952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Where are there smilies?

bloc
September 21st 2012


34998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My favourite of theirs

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2012


50850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some days

KILL
September 21st 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ride rap3z

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

facupm
November 1st 2012


8366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a classic, but a nice debut, even if RTL is much better. Ah, and Cliff wasnt on To live is to die

JokineAugustus
July 12th 2013


6326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nearly a classic. Much better then Megadeaf

Digging: Cursed - I

ViperAces
July 12th 2013


12485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kmb>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

ButteryBiscuitBass
July 12th 2013


10163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

KP >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

branflakes911
July 14th 2013


124 Comments


I'm not sure you know what "swansong" means.

facupm
July 14th 2013


8366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best summary

demigod!
July 14th 2013


45003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stellar debut

haha yeah that summary

Digging: Autechre - LP5



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